This year marks the 243rd anniversary of America’s first whistleblower law, passed on July 30th, 1778, during the height of the American Revolution. This law affirmed:
“That it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other inhabitants, thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any persons in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge.”
National Whistleblower Day celebrates those who raise their voice in the name of combatting fraud, corruption, and other crimes; their courage in the face of great adversity; and the strength of their conviction and dedication to the truth.
Inspectors Generals work with whistleblowers to recover billions of taxpayer dollars annually and help establish controls designed to prevent further waste, fraud, abuse, and/or corruption.
In Florida, a whistleblower who reports gross mismanagement, malfeasance, misfeasance, gross waste of public funds, suspected or actual fraud or abuse, or gross neglect of duty is protected by the Whistleblower’s Act (§112.3187, Fla. Stat.).
St. Johns County established a confidential hotline that serves as an effective mechanism for preventing and detecting fraud, theft, or abuse of county dollars and resources carried out by any person, business, or organization that has a relationship with St. Johns County Government or the St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. The Office of the Inspector General monitors, reviews, and assesses all complaints received to determine whether the provisions of the Whistleblower’s Act apply.
To make a complaint, please call 1-866-272-4351 or email email@example.com. Please visit our website at https://stjohnsclerk.com/inspector-general/ for additional information regarding fraud, waste, and abuse.